Have you ever heard of the new feature in Google Webmaster Tools known as Google Manual Spam Action Viewer and Notifier? How about your website or blog receiving a manual spam action penalty? Regardless of whether you have never experienced anything associated to Manual Spam Action or did, this post will help you to know some kind of information you may need to know before or what you might have missed assuming your website or blog was once hit by the action.
In short, Google Manual Spam Actions are actions which performed on sites which seem to be in violation of the Google Webmaster Tools Guidelines which leads to sites being penalized. Unlike the Panda and Penguin updates where sites are affected and the owners get nothing like a notification through the WMT account, this is a different case. Webmasters are notified of any actions taken on their sites and too have the ability to check themselves of any possible web-spam which can lead to a penalty.
The Google Manual Spam Action Viewer is a feature which was added by Google in the Webmaster tools thus meaning that any one who has a Webmaster tools account can log in and access the feature in order to make use of.
What Are The Google-Manual-Spam-Action-Viewer Features?
To perform a manual webspam and to get notifications of any possible actions available on your site. Additionally, the tool helps you to know and learn what caused the manual action and how you can get past it in order for your site to be reconsidered.
What Are Some Of The Manual-Actions One Can Detect Using the Tool?
They include Hidden text and/or keyword stuffing, Cloaking and/or sneaky redirects, Spammy freehosts, User-generated spam, Pure spam, Thin content with little or no added value, Hacked site, Unnatural links to your site—impacts links, Unnatural links to your site, Unnatural links from your site. You can find out in detail by visiting the Google Manaul Actions Help Page. Please note that the above actions can affect your website Site-wider or Partial.
How To Detect An Action Taken On Your Site?
To get started, you will need to visit and log into your Webmaster tools account, Select the site you want to check and click on manual action under search traffic as seen below in image. And assuming there is an action taken on your site, you will see a notification message and too where the action affects e.g whole or partial site.
Example Of Unnatural Outbound Links Action.
As you see in picture below, that is how the message will look like but the good thing is that the same message will recommend the best way to overcome the actions.
What To Do Once Penalized?
The moment you realize either a drop in your web search traffic, your page rank being dropped or removed or get any of the WMT messages about a related action, the first thing you should do is to read the message and its contents well. This will help you to know where you went wrong and what you can do. You can additionally use the action query option and see which one exactly. And since there are recommendations on what you can do, it is important to first read the Google Webmaster Guidelines on the same and too make sure that you put into action what is recommended. Once you have made corrections of everything as suggested and recommended for example using;
- A”rel nofollow” attribute.
- Redirecting links to 404 page or blocked page.
- Removing the links in our example of unnatural outbound links
You can submit a reconsideration request as seen below or site review and wait for Google’s action.
We’ve received a request from a site owner to reconsider how we index the following site: http://ww38.yoursite.com/
We’ll review the site. If we find that it’s no longer in violation of our Webmaster Guidelines, we’ll reconsider our indexing of the site. Please allow several weeks for the reconsideration request. We do review all requests, but unfortunately we can’t reply individually to each request.
You should make sure that in order to avoid another action not to repeat what you just corrected. This will help your site to stay in good stand with the Giant search and possibly avoid any related problems.
Upon success review of your site, the manual actions are revoked and below is a message you are likely to get.
Reconsideration request for http://ww38.yoursite.com/, manual action revoked:
We received a reconsideration request from a site owner for http://ww38.yoursite.com/.
Previously the webspam team had taken action on your site because we believed it violated our quality guidelines. After reviewing your reconsideration request, we have revoked this action.
You can use the Manual Actions page in Webmaster Tools to view actions currently applied to your site. It may take some time before recent updates to your site’s status are reflected on this page and in our search results.
Of course, there may be other issues with your site that could affect its ranking. Google determines the order of search results using a series of computer programs known as algorithms. We make hundreds of changes to our search algorithms each year, and we employ more than 200 different signals when ranking pages. As our algorithms change and as the web (including your site) changes, some fluctuation in ranking will happen from time to time as we make updates to present the best results to our users.
If your site continues to have trouble in our search results, please see our Help Center for help with diagnosing the issue.
Thank you for helping us to maintain the quality of search results for our users.
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